How Do You React to Darkness?


Stand outside In your backyard on a night of a new moon.  Preferably a cloudy night too, No stars, pitch black, dark

If artificial light disturbs the darkness go to your basement.  Decide on which place is the darkest and stand there for a while taking in the blankness of its attributes.

How does it feel? Absorb the feeling. Is it one of peace or fear? What is it? Why is it? Which have you defaulted to?

10 thoughts on “How Do You React to Darkness?

  1. New Hampshire Garden Solutions October 6, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    I used to camp in the woods a lot and as a teenager I spent quite a lot of time walking the dark streets of Keene, so I’m very used to darkness. I find it very peaceful and have always enjoyed it, but I think that might be because of the lack of people. Most of them don’t camp in the woods and walk darkened streets.

    • fictionfitz October 7, 2014 / 6:06 am

      It was never dark on the streets of New York City, only night, and there were always people. Seldom did I feel uncomfortable. New Hampshire, even Keene, is much like you described, and I am not yet comfortable with it.

  2. lulu October 6, 2014 / 9:56 pm

    Reacting to darkness depends on where I am and whether or not I am alone or with people.

    • fictionfitz October 7, 2014 / 6:06 am

      Which one is more difficult?

      • lulu October 7, 2014 / 8:03 am

        Typically being alone in the dark is more difficult because something has generally spooked me.

  3. Marilyn Armstrong October 7, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I prefer to change to my wolf form in privacy. Oh, wait, that’s the FULL moon. Okay, so I’ll just do some howling and go back inside for a nap.

    • fictionfitz October 7, 2014 / 11:09 am

      it is the wolf that brings me fear. And that was you all along? Well now, I feel better.

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